"We have ... a thirst unquenchable, to allay which he has not shown us the crystal springs. This thirst belongs to the immortalityof Man.... It is no mere appreciation of the Beauty before us--but a wild effort to reach the Beauty above."
"Then, bringing me the joy we feel when wee see a work by our favorite painter which differs from any other that we know, or if weare led before a painting of which we have until then only seen a pencil sketch, if a musical piece heard only on the piano appears before us clothed in the colors of the orchestra, my grandfather called me the [hawthorn] hedge at Tansonville, saying, "You who are so fond of hawthorns, look at this pink thorn, isn't it lovely?"
"There is much to be said against the climate on the coast of British Columbia and Alaska; yet, I believe that the scenery of one good day will compensate the tourists who will go there in increasing numbers."
"It is not unkind to say, from the standpoint of scenery alone, that if many, and indeed most, of our American national parks wereto be set down on the continent of Europe thousands of Americans would journey all the way across the ocean in order to see their beauties."
"That which is required in order to the attainment of accurate conclusions respecting the essence of the Beautiful is nothing morethan earnest, loving, and unselfish attention to our impressions of it."
"He looked like the love thoughts of women. He could be a bee to a blossom--a pear tree blossom in the spring. He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world with his footsteps. Crushing aromatic herbs with every step he took. Spices hung about him. He was a glance from God."
"Where beauty is worshipped for beauty's sake as a goddess, independent of and superior to morality and philosophy, the most horrible putrefaction is apt to set in. The lives of the aesthetes are the far from edifying commentary on the religion of beauty."